Livestock

Valentines Farm

Owner: Francisco Estevarena

Address:
Glen Head, NY

Web site: http://www.valentinesfarm.com/

Application Date: 2022-04-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Certification provides a stronger level of trust and respect from our customers. We are also interested in meeting like-minded farmers in our area and improve where it is needed.
Are you currently third party Certified for your livestock operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
no
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Through the local farm community.
Your application will be reviewed AFTER we receive a valid Feed Declaration for your farm. We ask you to submit the Feed Declaration within ONE MONTH to ensure your application isn't denied. Check this box to indicate you understand this. *
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
Learned to farm by working and volunteering on several biodynamic farms across the world and here in the U.S. practicing on my own farm and constantly reading, attending conferences and seminars. We also farmed for market for the first time in 2021. We have been using biodynamic practices for five seasons now.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total farm acreage to be used for pasture and feed crops *
3
Number of above acres that you own: *
3
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
Hay:
Grains:
Other (please specify below):
1.5 acres pasture and forest edge
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Please check all items you grow and would like to market as Certified Naturally GrownTM (to certify produce, please complete the separate produce application) *



















Please Specify Any Other Items:
Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *











Please Specify Other Markets:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Low till. Broadfork and minimal BCS use.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Vetch, peas, oaks, oil radish, mustard, buckwheat, rye...
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Vermont compost. Our own compost - food scraps, leaves, grass clippings etc.
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
Two wheelbarrows per 100sf
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
Chickens. We use manure from our own chickens and it goes into the compost for an entire year.
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
Twice per season. Ten wheelbarrows per acre.
Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s.
Lime, soybean, alfalfa meal, vermiculite, vermont compost, neptune's seaweed and fish extract, granulized 5-4-3 (serilized chicken manure based), Nematodes, azomite, bone meal,
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
Describe your primary weed problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient(s), what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
Chickweed, galinsoga, mugwort, ground ivy, lambs quarter, purslane, broad-leaf dock. Hoeing, hand weeding, light flame weeding, tarping.
Describe your primary plant pest problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s, what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
Cabbage moths - sticky traps or BT. Potato beetle - hand pick. Aphids - soapy water. Flea beetles - crop rotation. Cucumber beetle - sticky traps. Thrips - harvest premature. Squash boar - hand pick or remove infected plants.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water source.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no

Livestock Management and Practices

Please list all livestock for which you seek certification by type/breed, and indicate how many of each are on the farm today (for example: belted galloways - 20, nubian goats - 5, orpington chickens - 7, frizzle chickens - 3) For animals that have not yet been stocked for the season (e.g. poultry or piglets) please estimate how many you expect to have on farm during the upcoming season. Only list livestock that are (or will be) managed according to CNG standards. *
Olive egger hens - 15 Amaraucana hens - 15 Welsummer hens - 15 Bloack Copper Maran hens - 10 Cross roosters - 3
I affirm that all livestock listed on this application are raised according to Certified Naturally Grown standards. I further affirm that I will not represent ANY livestock products as Certified Naturally Grown if they have not been raised according to the standards required by Certified Naturally Grown. Any livestock treated with antibiotics or other prohibited substances will be quarantined and sold separately. All livestock are fed feed grown according to CNG standards - without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and free of any genetically modified grains (GMOs). *
Have all the livestock been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or since hatching? *
yes
Give brief details of your rotation practice for each type and/or group of livestock. (E.g. heifers strip grazing behind electric fence moved daily, 28 day rotation, poultry rotated weekly - 3 pens.) *
The flock is moved through pasture by the time they graze down the forage (between 2 and 3 week intervals.
Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
no
Do the animals listed above include poultry? *
no
Do your livestock spend most of their time on pasture during the growing season? *
yes
Is all feed grown according to Certified Naturally Grown standards (without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or post-harvest fungal treatments)? *
yes
For all livestock you seek to certify, please provide more information about the feed. Is it grown locally for you? Purchased in bulk at a mill? Bagged at the feed store? Is it Certified Organic? What brand, if any? *
Mile Four brand. 16% Layer Feed. Organic and Non-GMO. Corn and soy free. 100% US grown, ethically sourced from family farms, organic, Non-GMO Field Peas, Wheat, Flax Meal, Salt, Calcium Carbonate.
Do you buy in some feed? *
yes
Will you be sure to submit a Feed Supplier Declaration within two weeks? (download it at naturallygrown.org/feed) Please note: when the big name brand companies say their feed is "Natural" that does not mean that they are grown according to CNG standards. It probably means they do not add antibiotics, which is a good start, but very likely the feed was grown with synthetic fertilizers and using genetically modified seeds. *
yes
Describe your primary livestock pest problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
The only pest that we have encountered in the past are mites. We manage this with daily coop cleanliness maintenance and thorough/weekly coop cleaning, a healthy diet of pasture + organic whole grain feed dry and fermentd, field rotation, and adding a little apple cider vinegar to some of their water supply. In some cases we have used diatomaceous earth in the bedding, but not regularly.
Describe your primary livestock disease problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
2 years ago we had mites and internal parasites and we solved the issue with an improvement in diet and the use of Vertex. Luckily we haven't encountered any disease since then. We are very aware of the risks of common chicken diseases such as fowl pox, infectious bronchitis, or newcastle dissease. We monitor our chickens behavior, eggs, waste and diet very carefully to ensure we are catching anything unusual early.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
If a chicken is not well or injured, we will isolate it to another part of the farm and treat it approprietly until signs improve before reintegrating back into the flock.

Seeds and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
no
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
yes
Please describe your buffer. Be specific. On all sides, how far is it from your livestock pasture to the next closest use (i.e. road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Specify what is grown on neighboring land in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from a blueberry farm, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
To the north, our barn and privacy hedge separates us from the road by a minumum 50 ft. To the south and east, a wooded line of tall pines and arborvitae of at minimum 20 ft separates us from residential lawns that is likely to be chemically managed. To the west the pasture is separated at least 100 ft from a property that is chemically managed, though they are careful not to spray anything on our side.

Agreements

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that livestock not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another ranch or farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same rancher or farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown livestock certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
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